Category Archives: Buffalo Bills

Lookie, Lookie! It’s Finally Time for Cookie!

The Buffalo Bills announced today that Cookie Gilchrist will be their newest inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame.  It is a move that is long overdue.  Bad blood between Gilchrist and former Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, is said to be what has kept Gilchrist from an honor that he so richly deserved.  With the sale of the Bills to the Pegula family after Wilson’s passing in 2014, the path was cleared for Cookie’s induction. read more

An Interview with Harry Jacobs, Boston Patriots & Buffalo Bills

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Harry Jacobs

Being a collector of autographed AFL cards has helped me many times in the building of this site.  Most recently, I had an experience with former Patriots and Bills linebacker Harry Jacobs.  I had written a letter to Jacobs, requesting his signature on a 1964 Topps Buffalo Bills team card.  In my letter, I mentioned this site, and how I thought that readers would enjoy hearing whatever memories that he would be willing to share with us.  Roughly a week after I sent out my card, I received a note back.  Mr. Jacobs signed my card, and also wrote a brief note about how he would like to participate in a telephone interview. read more

Harry Jacobs – A 10-Year Man

When recalling the great Buffalo Bills defenses of the mid-1960s, there are a number of big names that come to mind.  Tom Sestak, Ron McDole, Paul Maguire, George Saimes, Butch Byrd, and many others.  One that has a tendency to get overlooked, unfortunately, is linebacker Harry Jacobs.

Harry Jacobs was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 11th round of the 1959 NFL Draft, but was released during training camp.  Opportunity came knocking shortly after, however, in the form of a brand new professional league.  The Boston Patriots picked up the 6’1″ middle linebacker, and thus started a career in which Jacobs played in the very first, and final AFL games for his teams.  He is one of just 20 men to have played all 10 AFL seasons. read more

Autographed 1960 Fleer Ray Moss

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#044 – Ray Moss

It has been several years since I’ve received any AFL-related gifts for Christmas, and this year was no different.  However, I purchased an autographed trading card on eBay recently, and it arrived in the mail on Christmas Eve, so I’m counting it as a gift to myself.

Collectors of vintage football cards are familiar with the fact that a large number of the players featured in the 1960 Fleer set never actually played in the AFL.  The set was produced and released early in the football year, during the AFL’s inaugural season.  As a result, player selection for trading cards was a very speculative process, and roughly 25% of the players featured on cards never made their team’s final rosters. read more

Interview with Chargers & Bills Paul Maguire

This week has been a great one for interviewing AFL players.  First it was the Jets’ Don Maynard, and then today I spoke with longtime Chargers and Bills punter/linebacker, Paul Maguire.

While he is known better by younger generations as an ESPN commentator, Maguire was one of just 20 players to be with an AFL team for the league’s entire 10-year run.  He was an excellent punter, and mostly reserve linebacker who has the distinction of having played in six AFL championship games (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966), and being, according to himself, the only player to win three consecutive league championships. read more